Russia 110908 Basic Political Developments

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Russia 110908

Basic Political Developments

  • Russian aircraft fleet requires upgrade – Medvedev: "Problems with the fleet exist. And the government will obviously have to make a very difficult decision. The integrity of a human life should outweigh any particular considerations, including support for domestic producers," Medvedev said at a session of the headquarters in charge of cleanup efforts after Wednesday's air crash near Yaroslavl. "It is certainly necessary to think about our companies. But if they are unable to promote themselves, it is necessary to buy aircraft abroad," the president said.

    • Medvedev orders evaluation of pilot skills - President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the Transport Ministry to carry out an assessment of civil aviation pilots following Wednesday’s plane crash in Yaroslavl.

    • Medvedev lays flowers at Yaroslavl crash site

    • Medvedev to visit Yak-42 plane crash site, attend Yaroslavl Political Forum

    • Russia mourns hockey team killed in plane crash

    • Russia mourns loss of hockey team in plane crash

    • Technical failure, pilot error most likely theories behind Yak-42 crash near Yaroslavl

    • Yak-42 flight recorders may be located in plane's sunken tail - Investigative Committee

    • 42 people found dead at Yak-42 crash site

    • Poor quality fuel possible cause of Yak-42 crash - aviation source

    • Russian ice hockey team wiped out in plane crash

  • No legal basis to dispute Russian-Ukrainian gas deals – Foreign Ministry: Any attempts to call into question gas agreements between Moscow and Kiev are legally unjustified, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in comments on Thursday.

  • Russia threatens to break the 2010 Kharkiv Accords with Ukraine - The Russian government will consider breaking the 2010 Kharkiv Accords it signed with its Ukrainian counterparts in the event that the administration of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych attempts to break the 2009 Ukraine-Russia natural gas agreement with a lawsuit, Russian diplomat in Ukraine Aleksei Urin told reporters on Sept. 7.

  • European Commission says it hopes Ukraine-Russia gas problem won't affect EU - "We're ready to be a mediator," Oettinger said.

  • Interview by Russian MFA Spokesman Alexander K. Lukashevich RIA "Novosti" in connection with the forthcoming visit to Moscow, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland Erkki Tuomioja – On September 9, ont the invitation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland Erkki Tuomioja will pay a working visit

  • Medvedev appointed new Russian envoy to OIC - Oleg Ozerov has been appointed Russian permanent representative to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

  • Putin launches gas pipeline launch in Vladivostok (Part 2) - The pipeline will supply gas to Russia's Sakhalin region, Khabarovsk and Primorye territories and also pave the way for supplies to the Asia-Pacific region countries.

  • Russia does its best to resume talks on Iran – FM: Russia is doing everything possible to resume six-party talks with Iran at the earliest opportunity, Russian Permanent Representative to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin said.

  • Iran's Security Council Secretary due in Russia - The Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili would depart for Russia, while Sergei Shmatko, Russian Energy Minister and Sergei Krinko the head of Russia's Nuclear Energy Agency would come to Iran. Iran’s embassy in Russia announced, “Sergei Shmatko will visit Iran heading a delegation to take part in Iran-Russia joint economic commission and the ceremony held for pre-launch of Bushehr nuclear power plant.” Shmatko is expected to leave Moscow on September 11-12 and Sergei Krinko would accompany him in his visit. Iran-Russia joint economic commission would be held on September 11 in Tehran and Krinko would arrive on September 12.

  • Russia, Libya to hold talks at UN assembly - "Our next contact with the Libyans, with the new leadership, has been scheduled to take place during the General Assembly," Kremlin's Africa envoy Mikhail Margelov told AFP, referring to the UN assembly meeting opening in New York in mid-September.

    • Moscow Awaits Libyan Transitional Oil Official - The oil minister "will probably be first to come," Mikhail Margelov said Wednesday in an interview in Yaroslavl. "The timing of the visit will be decided through diplomatic channels. It's a matter of a few weeks." The new administration's oil and finance minister is Ali Tarhouni.

  • Japan Govt: Watching Russia Military Training Area Near Disputed Islands - Japan's top government spokesman said Thursday that the government is aware of and is closely monitoring an air training area set up by the Russian military near the sea of Okhotsk.

  • Mr Cameron goes to Moscow – finally and forlornly: By Denis MacShane

    • Cameron visit points to thaw in UK-Russia ties - By Adrian Croft

  • State Duma demands judicial assessment of US sentence of Russian pilot

    • Lawyers for Russian pilot Yaroshenko to appeal court’s decision

    • Russian pilot gets jail sentence in U.S. for drug trafficking

    • Federal Drug Control Service has no evidence of illegal activity of pilot Yaroshenko

  • Last pre-trial hearing in Bout case held in New York federal court

  • Kremlin denies Moscow accuses Lukashenko of vulgarisation of CSTO reform - “That the Kremlin is displeased is disinformation. What Alexander Grigoryevich [Lukashenko] said after an informal CSTO summit on broader cooperation within the Organisation was done by agreement with the Russian side,” he said.

  • “That the Kremlin is displeased is disinformation. What Alexander Grigoryevich [Lukashenko] said after an informal CSTO summit on broader cooperation within the Organisation was done by agreement with the Russian side,” he said.

  • Medvedev, Gül to discuss economic ties in Yaroslavl - Moscow says it is ready to supply more gas to Turkey via the Blue Stream gas pipeline… The two leaders will also discuss how Russia has been coping with the construction of Turkey`s first nuclear power station.

  • Injured local deputy dies at Makhachkala hospital

  • Special operations in Ingushetia - The law-enforcers are pursuing militants responsible for murders, attacks and bombings. They are hiding in the village of Ekazhevo in the Nazranovsky District of Ingushetia and the village of Orzhonikidzevskaya in the Sunzhensky District, Interfax reports.

    • Three militants killed in Ingushetia

    • Three militants killed, 1 arrested in North Caucasus

  • Two policemen injured, civilian killed in Kabardino-Balkaria

  • Chechen forces may face new scrutiny over abductions - Human rights groups say progress in the case could signal a turning point after years of impunity for Chechen security forces fighting an Islamist insurgency, in which rights activists say hundreds of civilians have disappeared.

  • Russia unveils 'Titanium valley' in the Urals - The US, Australia, France, Chile, Zambia, and Iran are taking part in the annual Russian arms show in the Ural city of Nizhny Tagil, a spokesperson for the region`s administration told the ITAR-TASS news agency.

    • Urals Optical Mechanical Plant presents modernized surveillance system for helicopters at Nizhny Tagil 2011

    • Uralvagonzavod is going to demonstrate the upgraded T-90 tank to Putin at the Russian Expo Arms-2011

  • NATO envoy back to Russia with nationalist project - Rogozin informed of his return to domestic politics on Tuesday, stating he planned to restore his old political project, the Congress of Russian Communities. On September 21, during a Congress session, he is expected to announce whether or not he will run for president.

  • Protesters Near Moscow Say Dump Polluting Environment

  • Russian Press at a Glance, Thursday, September 8, 2011

  •  Court in Sardinia seals luxury villa of Russian tycoon Abramovich

  • Tariffs from behind bars - The Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia is introducing a new practice: fees are now being collected from detainees for their stay in a detention center.

  • Commission wants more EU control in energy deals - Oettinger has proposed the creation of a mandatory information exchange mechanism on energy issues, to avoid conflicts between member states over supply agreements such as the Nord Stream gas pipeline, which brings Russian gas to western Europe under the Baltic Sea.

  • Energy Charter Can Boost EU-Russia Relations - By Marat Terterov

  • Russia’s Middle East dilemma - As the Arab Spring grinds on into autumn, the Russians are asking once again whether they should follow the policy “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em”, says Eric Walberg

  • After 11 Years, the Clout of Kremlin Envoys Wanes - By Nikolaus von Twickel

  • Russia joins South America’s ‘great game’ - The days when a foreign correspondent occasionally felt like George Smiley died with the fall of the Berlin Wall. But in South America, if you squint, those old John Le Carré days of Russian espionage can sometimes seem as though they are back  – at least if the Gazprom representative that I met recently in Bolivia is anything to go by. With his watery smile, impeccable manners and icy handshake, he seemed to have stepped out of KGB central casting.

  • COMMENT: Brainwashing Russia at its own expense: Rosatom’s post-Fukushima PR carpet bombing - Vladimir Slivyak, Alisa Nikulina, Maria Kaminskaya

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